DIY Drano for Toilets

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It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano for toilets really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick several different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets--no…

DIY Apples to Apples Game

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Creating your own Apples to Apples game is simple, cheap (only scrap paper and a few pens required) and freaking hilarious. I've played our homemade version with adults (I don't think my small…

2 Easy Ways to Get Hy-Vee Groceries Without Stepping into the Store

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Online shopping is the future. Since someone else will be doing the hands-on shopping for you, it's important to shop from a place that has a user-friendly system, high quality products, and a money back…

How to Freeze Green Onions or Scallions

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Can you freeze green onions? So, this is one of those posts that many of you will chuckle at and think, "You didn't know that?" I am here to tell you that, no, I did not know that you can freeze…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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With just a few pantry ingredients, you can have a large batch of marinara sauce cooking in your slow cooker in no time. You can also use this homemade marinara recipe to stock your freezer. Instant Pot…

How to Hang a Picture Straight EVERY Time: My Favorite Decorating Hack!

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Hanging a perfectly straight picture can be a challenge. With this simple picture hanging hack, you will never have crocked pictures on your walls again! If you spend much time around here,…
10 Things I'm Glad I Did On Our Family Vacation

10 Things I'm Glad I Did On Our Family Vacation

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The beach is my happy place. And I’ve always wanted my children to be able to see and experience the ocean and white sands beaches of the Florida panhandle, like I’ve been fortunate enough to…
How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

How to Get a Hummingbird Out of a Garage

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Guest post and photography by my daddy, Curt.  Every summer a strange phenomenon takes place in many American garages:  Hummingbirds fly in, but they don’t fly out.  They will…

How to Freeze and Save Garden Zucchini

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I have NEVER had such a great zucchini harvest. It seems like every time I go down to my garden, there are huge zucchinis waiting for me. I have zucchinis in all shapes and sizes and hardly know what…
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How to Start a Freezer Club (and Why You Should)

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means we get a small commission if you make a purchase through one at no additional cost to you. Read more here. Tight budget? Want to eat…

Budget Breakdown of the Kitchen Flip

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As you've probably gathered by now, we have done some major work on our kitchen. As I've been talking to friends about it, some have bravely asked how much we spent. Something in me gets a little squirmy…

Before and Afters of my New Home

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I love taking before and after shots. As we've been plowing through the house projects at our new home, I've managed to keep my camera handy and snap some shots of the progress. Here is a rundown of some…

Mirror Makeover

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   I inherited this HUGE mirror from my grandparents about a year ago. It's been hanging above my couch for quite a while and has been begging for a fresh coat of paint for a long time. The original…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

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Reposted from January 2012 Here's a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom... A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.…

Wood Pallet Makeover

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When I saw this wood pallet makeover that my friend Jessi (and her husband) did I immediately asked her to share how she did it with us. Check it out! I asked Jessi to share how they did this transformation.…

How to Freeze Peaches

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If you haven't ever bitten into a freshly picked peach, do yourself a favor and go to your local farmers market ASAP. Tis the season and they are SO delicious. Every year I tell myself I am going to…
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How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

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This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving--FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

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Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…
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Why I Won't Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

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I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And...I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms…
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DIY Baby Girl Onesies

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If I would have known how easy these baby girl onesies were to make, I imagine my daughter's drawer would have been full of them. This is a fun project for someone with beginning sewing skills. It also…
DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

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Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer…
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Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

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After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and…
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How to Transform a Onesie into a Dress

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It's amazing how fast babies grow out of their clothes. There were so many cute outfits that my little lady only wore once or twice. It was painful for me to pack barely used clothes away not knowing if…